Macron accused of being a sponsor of terrorism - The French President Emmanuel Macron has been accused by Turkey's foreign minister of being a "sponsor of terrorism", dismissing the French leader's criticism of Turkey's Syria offensive.
Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters that Mr macron want to become a European leader but "wobbling".
Turkey's Chief of General Staff Yasar Guler and his Russian counterpart Valery Gerasimov exchanged views on Syria where the two countries hold joint patrols under a deal, the Turkish Armed Forces said on Twitter.
Ties between Turkey and France have been strained in recent years, but Macron and Cavusoglu's comments on Thursday highlight growing tensions ahead of NATO's 70th anniversary summit in London next week.
"Now, there is a vacuum in Europe, [macron] trying to be a leader, but leadership comes naturally".
French president and Turkish worldwide minister have been throwing verbal punches over Ankara's navy incursion into Syria that drove a wedge between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members.
Leaders are chipping in over the place they stand nearly about the navy pact simply 4 days earlier than NATO's 2019 London Summit.
According to NATO's founding treaty, an attack against one ally is considered an attack against all, and will trigger the alliance's military strategies for collective defense.
Mr macron speaking at a press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in the week before the leaders of the alliance met in the United Kingdom for the 70th anniversary of her. We are allies too. "I'm glad it was delivered, and I'm glad everyone now thinks we should be more concerned with our strategic objectives".
The Macron-Erdogan spat comes amid other problems within North Atlantic Treaty Organisation that are expected to come to the fore at next week's summit in London, including U.S. President Donald Trump's complaints that other members don't spend enough on defense and differences over the alliance's post-Cold War mission.
In Turkey, he said he respected the interests of safety after suffering "many terrorist attacks on its territory". The bloc's new navy plan towards what it claims to be a risk from Russian Federation wants a unanimous approval by all member states.